November 16, 2015
by Mary York
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Zoe-Tricks, Comfort and Laughs, A Hospice Pet Therapy Dog’s Spotlight, Part II

Zoe provides entertaining tricks , joy and soothing comfort to hospice patients. (Part II–Hospice Volunteer, Diane Bykowski, translates for her special companion and Pet Connections partner, Zoe) Five years ago, I was wandering the streets of South Phoenix, picked up … Continue reading

November 2, 2015
by Mary York
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Diane Bykowski & Life-the Universal Journey, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Life, A Universal Journey When I reflected upon my conversation with Diane Bykowski, I was struck by how articulate she was in describing the ways in which hospice volunteer work enhances her life. That clarity of thought, no doubt, stems … Continue reading

October 4, 2015
by Mary York
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Lauren Cashdan & Patients, A Second Family, A Teen Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Patients Feel Like A Second Family When most people envision Hospice volunteer work, they may imagine it being limited to institutional settings and to an older generation of service-oriented people. My interview with teen hospice volunteer, Lauren Cashdan, shed new … Continue reading

September 16, 2015
by Mary York
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Laurie Hernandez, Reflection on Singing

Our Hospice Spotlight Volunteer’s Reflections are shared monthly. Reflections are stories of connection and meaning, presented in the volunteer’s own words. Here is one of Lauren Hernandez’s Reflections. Laurie Hernandez and Whole-Hearted Singing “I remember visiting one special patient who … Continue reading

August 30, 2015
by Mary York
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Stephanie Lopez, Reflection on Choosing Love

Our Hospice Spotlight Volunteer’s Reflections are shared monthly. Reflections are stories of connection and meaning, presented in the volunteer’s own words. Here is one of Stephanie Lopez’s Reflections. Choosing Love, Anytime This story is absolutely beautiful.  I visited with a … Continue reading

August 11, 2015
by Mary York
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Stephanie Lopez & The Salutes Program & A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight (Part II)

Honoring and Celebrating Veterans After talking with Stephanie about her hospice volunteer experience (See Spotlight), it was clear to me that her work with the Hospice of the Valley Salutes program deserved its own highlight.  A veteran herself, Stephanie takes … Continue reading

August 5, 2015
by Mary York
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Stephanie Lopez & Laughter, A Hospice Volunteer Spotlight

Always Time for Laughter and Joy When I asked Stephanie Lopez what she treasures from her volunteer experience, she said, “I love that there’s still time for laughter.” Not surprisingly, my interview with her also began with laughter and joy. … Continue reading

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